Course Syllabus

Sandra Jones    Earth envioronmental Science

Fall 2019

Room 418



Earth environmental teaches students through inquiry and investigation.  Students will learn many abstract concepts as well as problem-solving techniques in science.  Attendance is very important for keeping up with work in this class. It is imperative that students keep up with lecture notes and assignments.  Topics to be studied include meteorology, hydrology, geology, ecology, and astronomy.  I look forward to working with you this year as we expand your knowledge about science!

What topics will we cover, what will you learn about?

  1. Introduction, safety, scientific method, Metric system, Conversions, Lab reports, Graphing 8 days
  2. Structure and composition of the atmosphere 5 days
  • Air masses, fronts, storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, station models, synoptic weather maps, 10 days
  1. Global Climate Changes, air quality, human impact on climate
  2. Hydrology: Oceans (Tides, currents, wetlands) 5 days
  3. Freshwater, groundwater, surface runoff, Human impacts on hydrology 5 days
  • Geology: plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes 5 days
  • Rock cycle, weathering/erosion, karst topography 5 days
  1. Mining, natural resources, conservation, population growth, human impacts on biosphere and lithosphere 5-10 days
  2. Environmental/ecology unit: alternative energy resources 5 days
  3. Sustainability 5 days
  • Ecosystems, biospheres, human impact on biosphere 5 days
  • Astronomy unit: the sun, seasons 5 days
  • Earth motion 5 days
  1. Final NCFE exam


Students are expected to have the following materials in their book bags at all times.  I cannot supply these materials for the students for class work or tests.  All materials will be needed during the first week of school.

  • Three-ring binder – 1 ½ inch would be best.  Please do not purchase a spiral notebook for this class.  Hole Punch and keep in order!
  • Notebook paper
  • Pencils/Pens

 Class Rules:

  1. Follow all UCPS and Parkwood High school rules.  Your student handbook has all rules.
  2. Be on time.  When the tardy bell rings, students are expected to be in their seats and prepared for class.
  3. Be prepared. Students are expected to bring all required materials to class every day.
  4. Be in class.  Please take bathroom and water breaks BEFORE coming to class. 
  5. Be respectful.  Students are expected to be respectful of others during class. 
  6. Follow teacher instructions. Remain in your assigned seat and work on tasks assigned during class.


I do not assign students a textbook for this class.  We will use different textbooks as well as many other resources in class. 

Parents and Students: Please Read the Following Information Carefully:

           Assignments not turned in on the day they are due will result in a reduced grade.  If a student is absent the day an assignment is due, it is his/her responsibility to turn in work at the beginning of the class period on the day he/she returns.  All necessary work must be shown to receive full credit on assignments.

  • If a student misses a day of school, it is his/her responsibility to get make-up work from me.  He/She will have two days for each day absent to complete the missed assignments.  Failure to complete work or make arrangements to do so within the time permitted will result in a zero for each assignment.  Tests must be made up.  TUTORING: I am available during the week either before School or by appointment. My weekly schedule will be posted on my website and in the classroom.  I may have meetings before or after school.  For that reason, it is always best to let me know to expect you for tutoring.  If coming before or after school is a problem, then please see me privately.
  • I do not offer extra credit assignments.
  • Attendance is critical in Science.  If a student misses several days, it may be difficult to make up missed work.
  • During the first week of school, students will be given a set of classroom rules, tardy policy and grading information to be kept in their notebooks.  Please review each of these carefully with your student.
  • Please use Power School to keep up with your student’s progress in this course.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Grading Policies:

40%       Tests

10 %      Quizzes

40%       Classwork

10%       Binder/Notebook

        A test will be scheduled at the end of each unit covering the material completed in class.

Tests are challenging so taking notes and Completing all classwork and homework is vital is key for success.  Each 6 weeks grade will count 25% of the final course grade, and the final exam will count 25%.  Students must have a 60 (D) or better as their final grade at the end of the semester to pass the course. 

I am available by appointment for extra help or to discuss grades.  Please make arrangements with me at least one day in advance so I can be sure to be in my room.  I offer tutoring on Monday or Thursday after school.




Course Summary:

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